THE REATA EXPERIENCE
Reata Pharmaceuticals, in Irving, TX, invited an FA patient panel to speak about our histories and experience living with FA. FARA has partnered with Reata to develop a drug therapy in the treatment of FA. On April 7, 2016, Reata hosted a “Brunch and Learn” to educate all employees about FA by putting a face to the disease.
The conference room in the Reata offices was full; around 50 employees and four speakers on the panel participated in the event. I believe the collective stories of the patient panel were effective in relating the gravity of FA, and the need for a cure. As the meeting concluded, a company statistician introduced herself, and told me that after hearing our stories, “It makes me want to work harder”. I grinned from ear to ear.